Oh, nice. Yeah, that's a pretty genius description of the book. I'm definitely curious to hear your thoughts on the new one (ones?) ... and should probably just grab it myself. It will definitely be interesting to see where be takes things. It is my guess that in that particular mode he said all he needed to say with his first novel (and the first collection, a spiritual tie-in) and my hope that he might become one of those writers like Lydia Millet or, I dunno, TC Boyle, sort of?, who continue to grow and experiment and concoct something wholly new each time out.
Please don't take my opinion as representative of much of anything, though.
But -- if you'd like a tiny bit more context for Notable American Women, you might check out Mathew Derby, and his collection Super Flat Times, if you haven't. My recollection is that it's very Marcus-seque. It was workshopped with Ben Marcus while they both studied under Robert Coover, at Brown. It has more than a bit of that same feel, that same anemic dystopia (well, similar anyway) -- and the two at least appear to have influenced each other, early on.
Man, i wish I lived in a city that publicized books.